Stoke have won only two of their 18 Premier League matches against Chelsea, with both victories coming at home: 3-2 in December 2013 and 1-0 in November 2015.
And on Thursday the 28-year-old Brazil-born Spain worldwide was granted his wish after months of acrimony, claim and counter claim when Chelsea and Atletico agreed a fee reported to be in the region of £58million.
"We want to thank him for what he did with this club". This showed we trust him.
The Italian was asked about the breakdown in relations with Costa, but met the question with a firm rebuttal. The Brazilian center half had been the rock at the heart of Chelsea's defence and I think personally that Stoke will fancy their chances with the Brazilian banned. I'm not interested to continue talking about this issue. 'I'm working with my players and I'm happy to be working with them.
Chelsea's 3-4-3 remains the club's primary formation after Conte won the title with the system last season. We have three games to play and there is the possibility to pick him from the start for these games, for sure'.